Of course we all know of the monstrous events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday. As a nation we collectively weep, ache, and pray for peace for those who were lost and those who survive them.
I don’t believe it is truly possible to empathize with the families who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary that day. I cannot fathom what they are feeling. The pain will not go away, but with time they will get used to its presence.
There must be a cure to such shocking, incorrigible acts of violence in our society. But there is not just one easy answer. I don’t know how we arrived in a place that such news has become commonplace, but I fear that the population may lose their fury for change as time goes on. We cannot allow this.
It is our responsibility as parents and caregivers to ensure that we continue a productive conversation, and push for change so that our children can learn and grow in a positive and safe environment.
We must look within ourselves, within our morals, and within the bounds of our culture for the means to create a more compassionate community. A place where people are never so ostracized that they act out in violence, a place where it is not so easy to get weapons, and a place where we can provide help to those in need without stigma or judgement.
While there are no words to adequately express our sorrow for the victims and their families, as parents, Americans, and humans our hearts pour love onto those who have suffered and those who still do.